Well, since we were home for a short time we also decided it was the perfect time to visit my Mema. She lives wayyyyy up north in Dalton (soon to be Lancaster) and she's only seen Noella once (for her first birthday) so naturally, we took advantage of her extra bedroom and had a little sleepover.
Goodness gracious was it marvelous to sit and chat with her! We went for walks around her little neighborhood. It brought back so many memories of taking off on a long walk with her as a little girl. We would go for hours and I'd be happy as a clam. Noella loved the adventure too but had to stop and splash in every single puddle we came across. She's such a funny little girl.
Do you see how independent that child is? Walking in the middle of the road, no hand to be held leading the way. She was in heaven.
We also found lots of big rocks to climb on. And dandelions to blow. Or "fuzzies" as Noella called them.
Noella really really loved her time with Mema. It was relaxing and fun. We went to a lovely park in Lancaster near the house she's renovating with friends. Mema got in on the fun too. It reminded me so much of my childhood and visiting Mema in Bridgewater, CT. There was an AWESOME wooden playground near her house there too.
Noella of course had to try out every single swing in the park. She likes the swings much more than the slides. Just like her mama.
What I find amazing is Noella's ability to just fall into step with family she hasn't seen literally in a year. It's like there's no time lost for her. She took to Mema (or "gree-ma" as she called her) right away.
Ir rained quite a bit of the 10 days we were in NH and the three days with Mema were no exception. The Miss was a little stir crazy.
Mema's friends in Lancaster have a little grandson who wasn't around to play during our visit but Noella sure did make herself at home playing with his toys. We even got to borrow his bike. She was thrilled.
We still need to work on the concept of her using her feet on the pedals but that will come in time I suppose.
Here's some random happy pictures from our time with Mema.
Being up in the mountains was so refreshing. It reminded me why I love New England. The small towns and lush scenery, flowers and trees. It made me even more homesick knowing I'd soon return to Florida but after 10 days of being apart from my Mister and knowing he was miserable without us, I was happy to return.